Wonderful story Otto.
I just started forming a 'friendly' relationship with certain SA's (Neimans in particular), and just the few times we've spoken and spent conversing about fragrance have been very rewarding.
She was amazed at my sense of detecting notes and us giggling together at horrible notes we both found in very expensive snobby perfumes - like two little kids. So fun. As well, she loaded me up with about 10 Creed samples and hand decanted some Estee Lauder for me...very generous.
She seemed to quietly adore most mens fragrances (I don't think she wore any of them though, she admired them from afar) and I think she was taken a little by surprise at how I proudly wanted to try (and spray on my skin) so many 'women's' scents. Some of the stuffy SA's at Neimans were staring at us...we didn't care.
I think after our conversation she lowered her 'gender' boundaries toward fragrances just a little. Which was kind of neat to have contributed to.
It's nice to share a passion with someone else, not just thru the internet (like here at BN) but in person. It is much more validating. Thanks for reminding me of that.